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UGC Chairman begun foreign students hostel at OU

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OU gets its own foreign students hostel
The Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), Ved Prakash inaugurated the foreign students hostel at Osmania University (OU), Hyderabad. After a wait of more than 10 years, OU gets its own new hostel for foreign students.

The present two-storeyed hostel building can accommodate 172 male students only, who are pursuing their Master's and Ph,D courses. The reasons being cited are multiple, including security.

The hostel has 16 two-bedded rooms and 18 three-bedded rooms on each of the two floors.

The Director of University Foreign Relations Office (HFRO), C. Venugopal Rao said, "Each two-bed room also has a small kitchenette while a common spacious dining hall and kitchen on each floor is available for cooking. A sports lounge and a reading room with television are other attractions,"

The hostel was constructed at a cost of Rs 6.75 crore, built up in an area of nearly 50,000 sq.ft. Though there are just two floors now there is a provision for adding two more floors.

In 2002 university had plan to build a hostel for the foreign students and proposal was submitted in front of the UGC for seeking permission and a financial assistance of Rs 3.63 crores.

The university authorities then planned to accommodate 200 students and an international Transit house with a provision of accommodating 50 female students.

However, the idea fructified only on February 2010 when the foundation stone was laid by then Vice-Chancellor, T. Tirupati Rao.

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